• IISS Voices

    Concern over China’s move towards closed nuclear fuel cycle

    19 January 2018.  The recent AREVA agreement between France and China has raised fears over how Beijing will use reprocessed nuclear fuel.

  • IISS Voices

    Flynn revelations and the Middle East nuclear industry

    10 December 2017.  Nuclear reactor technology has re-emerged as a battle ground for cultivating influence, and the Middle East has become an important arena in this regard. As Matthew Cottee explains, former US National Security Advisor Michael Flynn acted as an adviser to a firm that sought to prevent ‘Russia or China from using nuclear power to dominate the region'.

  • IISS Voices

    After aborted summit, what now for the GCC?

    06 December 2017.  As the Gulf’s pre-eminent political, military and economic powers, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have reached a strategic alignment that is transforming regional politics. Emile Hokayem examines what their ambitions could mean for the future of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

  • Events

    MENA economies: Positioning for a new world (dis)order

    16 September 2017. 

    16–17 September
    Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, Manama
    Select speakers:
    Mr Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister, Sweden; Member of the Council, IISS
    HE Mr Amr Al-Garhy, Minister of Finance, Arab Republic of Egypt
    Dr Joachim von Amsberg, Vice President, Policy and Strategy, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
    HE Mr Khalid Al-Rumaihi, Chief Executive, Bahrain Economic Development Board

  • Strategic Comments

    High noon for Libya’s Potemkin government

    02 August 2017.  Strongman Khalifa Haftar is challenging Libya's internationally recognised but weak Government of National Accord for effective control of the country. While France has brokered a ceasefire and a new peace initiative, Haftar has substantial outside support from Egypt and the UAE, and the eventual political dispensation will probably turn on further military developments.

  • Expert Commentary

    Qatar and the interconnection of regional crises

    29 July 2017.  The Qatar crisis is not simply a regional tiff, it is a fundamental disagreement about the direction the wider region should take. The West needs to see that actions in one country immediately affect others, says Sir John Jenkins.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Arms trade and democracy: Sweden’s new criteria for export controls

    18 July 2017.  A new draft bill in Sweden to introduce a ‘democracy criterion’ for granting arms-export licences would make the export of any materiel to the Gulf states more difficult and limit market access for Sweden’s defence industry.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Dispute in the Gulf: potential defence implications

    17 July 2017.  It’s a key hub for US and other Western regional air operations and a growing prospect for defence sales, but, as James Hackett explains, it also has a central role to play in improving regional military capabilities. Chief among these is the development of collective missile-defence architectures that could more effectively guard against a potential threat from Iran’s ballistic missile arsenal.

  • Strategic Comments

    Trump’s erratic Middle East policy

    12 July 2017. 

    The Trump administration's Middle East policy has become impulsive and inconsistent, as with its intervention in Qatar's dispute with Saudi Arabia, other Gulf Cooperation Council members and Egypt. The United States is also leaning towards intensified confrontation with Iran – especially over Syria. In any case, the administration's policy is unlikely to lend needed stability to the region.

  • Strategic Comments

    The percolating proxy war in Yemen

    02 February 2017. 

    Saudi Arabia and the UAE's military intervention against the Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen, hesitantly supported by the United States, is an opportune way for Riyadh and Abu Dhabi to roll back Iran in the region. But it is also taking a severe toll on Yemen's infrastructure and population that is likely to increase pressure for reinvigorated conflict resolution efforts.

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